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Cleaning my Closet

As an author, there are days where it is difficult to write. If you’ve been reading the blog, you will see for me there are many more days where “writing is too hard” and I do other things. I’m slowly grinding through the Luctation rewrite, and hit a bit of a wall with a subplot that needs content. Rather than face the need to create, I turned to “comfort food” of managing the business of writing. After all, I am a project manager by trade. The problem is I have a nasty habit of keeping everything in my mind.

Dictate Your Book

As an author, I’m always looking for opportunities to improve my writing productivity. I recently had a chance to read a book entitled Million Dollar Productivity. That provided a lot of good advice about how to improve writing productivity and production rate so that you can get to a much more effective so you can enjoy a much more effective writing career.

GitHub to Work with Your Beta Readers

Continuing the conversation on using GitHub as an author, one possible use of GitHub is to collaborate with your beta readers. I’ll expand this topic to the more general use of GitHub for issue and task management.

Automating Scrivener: GitHub Commit

Inspired by Jamie Rubin’s article on Scrivener & GitHub, I have fully moved my toolchain to Scrivener, while still using a private Git repository. I wanted to write a brief series on what I’ve done to convert my old process, or to automate certain housekeeping tasks. This is the first in the series, which shares a simple process for pushing commits of a Scrivener project to GitHub.

Going Back to Scrivener
When it comes to the right tool, I am a nomad. I have tried paper, wikis, Evernote, etc. It’s quite a bit disjointed. Ultimately, my mind has been the central repository for all things. When I suggest a tool to peers who are writing, I invariably recommend Scrivener to them, adding that I’m too cool for it myself. When it comes to Scrivener, I have my reservations. It doesn’t give me the control that I want at the point of production.
Here Be Dragons, Dictating

October is National Disability Awareness Month, so I’m a little early with this article. But I wanted to share a bit about how I was able to use an assistive technology to fix a decade-old plot problem.

My Toolchain Using Bookmaker

Now that I’m drafing my fourth novel, I wanted to share a bit about my toolchain. That is, the process by which I document the novel and publish it.